Langston Hughes: Dream Emerged During The Harlem Renaissance

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Langston Hughes Research Paper
Langston Hughes was an African American poet who emerged during the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance strongly influenced most of Langston Hughes’s writing. In such works as “Dream”, “Still Here”, “Dream Deferred”, and “Justice” you see the clear messages that are trying to be voiced through his work.
To understand why someone writes the way they do, we must understand where they come from. Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri, in nineteen-oh-two. He grew up with his grandmother due to his parents being separated. Growing up with his grandmother, Hughes was told stories of how slavery should be ended and this filled him with a great deal of pride and respect for not only himself, but his race. (“Hughes”)
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In this poem, it is simply asking what would happen to our dreams if they were pushed to the side. Throughout the poem, it gives possible vivid solutions that we can picture. With such solutions being, “Dry up like a raisin in the sun”, “Does it stink like rotten meat?”, or even “Does it explode”. This imagery allows for the reader to gain a better perception of what their personal dreams have amounted or are currently amounting to. While readers can connect on a personal level, they can also sense the self-expression put into the poem. As Hughes wrote about the raisins it really makes you think because raisins originally start off as grapes which then lose their juice and become raisins. Well when Hughes wrote “Dry up like a raisin in the sun” it’s saying that it is even drying up more than it already is which means his dream is that much more difficult to obtain. It’s that much more difficult to obtain due to the color of his skin. This goes back to the Harlem Renaissance movement and inequality throughout America.
It’s no secret that inequality and racial discriminations were high back in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Langston Hughes was able to use his work to counterattack this way of thinking in America. He not only led a movement, but also set an example for others to follow. In the poems I stated above, you can tell the Harlem Renaissance influences on his
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